Betsy Ames

Female17 October 1799–1 May 1883

Brief Life History of Betsy

When Betsy Ames was born on 17 October 1799, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, her father, Thomas Ames, was 36 and her mother, Nancy Sturtevant, was 35. She married Jacob Rolfe in 1822, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Vermont, United States in 1870. She died on 1 May 1883, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

Jacob Rolfe
Betsy Ames
Marriage: 1822
Emmaline J. Rolfe
David J. Rolfe
Sidney B. Rolfe
Harriet L Rolfe
Maria B. Rolfe
Elizabeth Rolfe
John M. Rolfe
Frances Josephine Rolfe

Sources (37)

  • Betsey Ralph in household of Jacob Ralph, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Bitsey in entry for Francis J Rolfe, "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001"
  • Betsey Rolf, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1822Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (7)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 1

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 4

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 22

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form, Amice. The Old French word amis, is from Latin amicus ‘friend’, which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes, in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names, in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname.

    German: perhaps a nickname for an active person, from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’.

    Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland, an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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